Manor launches new campaign to replace carpet

From left is Manitoulin Centennial Manor Director of Care Sylvie Clark, resident Ed Heis and RN Lesley Spry.

‘Another Step Forward’ campaign aims to raise $100,000

LITTLE CURRENT—The Manitoulin Centennial Manor is launching a new fundraising campaign, ‘Another Step Forward,’ to raise $100,000 to replace carpet with non-slip flooring at the long-term care home.

“The carpet has been replaced in the majority of the rooms, but this campaign aims at raising enough money to replace the carpet with non-slip flooring in all the public areas, hallways and entrances ways, both upstairs and downstairs at the Manor so that the entire building is carpet free,” explained Manor board member and campaign organizer Wendy Gauthier.

Ms. Gauthier said that the idea for the new campaign came from staff and residents at the Manor.

“The number one reason to replace the carpet with flooring is infection prevention and control,” said Ms. Gauthier. “It will also be beneficial to residents with allergies, easier to clean and will be easier for patients with mobility issues such as those with dementia who shuffle, or residents who use walkers or wheelchairs.”

After 50 years, Ms. Gauthier said the Manor is in need of upgrades and repairs.

“We have purchased a new call bell system, patient ceiling lifts (the latest campaign that came to a close after surpassing its $75,000 goal earlier this year) and new heating and air conditioning systems in recent years—these are all steps forward for Manitoulin’s long-term care home and caring for its residents,” Ms. Gauthier told The Expositor.

Ms. Gauthier noted that the Manor is a taxpayer-funded home for residents of Manitoulin and the area.

“All donations raised through the 2018 Tree of Lights campaign will be going towards the Another Step Forward campaign,” added Ms. Gauthier. “Individuals can also donate at any time at the Manor.”

For more information about the Manitoulin Centennial Manor or Another Step Forward, visit www.manitoulincentennial.ca or visit the Manor’s Facebook page.